Urban Science

  www.urbanscience.com
  www.urbanscience.com

Urban Science Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
60 Reviews
3.1
60 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Urban Science President Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good technology, smart people, certification program for practice areas is a good idea (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of good people still working there (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management doesn't respect or understand software development (in 7 reviews)

  • Outdated development process (lacks industry standards) (in 5 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    A small big company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Software Developer
    Current Employee - Lead Software Developer

    I have been working at Urban Science

    Pros

    Work environment, career path, flexible hours, multiple projects to switch

    Cons

    Salary not at the same level as other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally kind... not much else.

    Cons

    Management - particularly the women - feels threatened by any young workers with potential. They will get rid of you if you are free thinking and motivated to succeed. The men seem generally so wrapped up in how much money they are making that they don't have time to save the good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best not to tell your employees how you manipulated others into corners, creating situations where you can easily fire them without retribution. Treat them with respect and nurture those with potential instead of driving them away. It's just good business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management SUKCKS, Strict corporate america

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Intern in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    co-workers nice, here and there good activities.

    Cons

    management sucks, managers are very strict and bossy and expect alot from you at the end of the day.
    they dont think twice before they let go other employees, just really unorganized, corruption in management, no equality, you are considered low if you are not a executive and treated as one, no opportunity to grow, the company is not growing, it is neutral

    Please find a different company to work for before you try applying here, best advice i can give you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make this management organized, give freedoms to employees, give employees second chances, if you are not organized and care for your employees, you will fall. Employees are your biggest asset, open up the door for them, make them feel welcome. Treat them and see them with equal eyes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Good company with a lot of potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely, decent benefits, great location at the RenCen in Detroit

    Cons

    Middle management, salary is okay but not great

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic place to get feet wet in the water

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good exposure, plenty of tasks to keep busy

    Cons

    Management may not have as much time for you as others

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are definitely the best part. Most employees are between ages 20-30 so its a young crowd. The company also does a great job of fostering a good working environment and giving its employees time to do fun activities such as Tigers games and foosball matches. Working downtown is also another great bonus.

    Cons

    The work can be tedious and boring. Upper management tends to not listen to less experienced people and is conservative with their choices. Too much emphasis on how can we increase NOC vs innovation and employee happiness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inefficient software company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Science

    Pros

    A good place for unmotivated people. Put in 8 hours and leave. For people who don't care about improving marketable skills and want to be lifers then this is a great place.

    Cons

    If you are interesting in software development and not in Detroit, then you are out of luck. Satellite offices only gives you busy work while Detroit gets majority of new and core development. Local offices rarely have any true experts to learn from. The experts that were here left or is uninteresting in helping others. Best phrase that describe this place is "The Blind leading the Blind". Rarely do you find someone that knows more than the basics of any technology in the office. Leadership is only interesting in hiring cheap new grads instead of experts. Inefficient processes, lazy managers, and no one wants to take ownership of projects during the SDLC. Only when a project succeeds do people raise their hands for project ownership. Constantly throwing people under the bus whenever a project is late or over budget. Only reason why the company has survived so long is because there were only one other competitor in the market. New competitors are showing up now and they are winning over clients easily. Company is barely profitable due to inefficient processes. Spending a 1 hour team meeting to watch one person manually enter task hours in MS Project is not cost effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to be a software company if you are not prepared to invest in QUALITY software. Repeatedly saying your software is best in class does not make it true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Company state is unknown

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cool people, decent upper management

    Cons

    Work is unsatisfying, no innovation, no room to express personal innovation. More worried about revenues than investment in employees and product potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sad!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life is good and fun

    Cons

    Management need to grow up and work as a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent, innovative, and energetic staff. Great local management fosters open communication, innovative ideas, and employee activities.

    Cons

    Unclear "smoke and mirrors" presentations from corporate/HQ management. Lack of good profit sharing or "pay for performance" bonus system. Profits and client satisfaction reach or exceed "Plan" (highest objective level), but come bonus/compensation time the money doesn't make it down to the hardworking staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urban Science needs to work to better manage employee’s compensation expectations and provide sufficient compensation to top performers in order to retain talent. High turnover plagues progress and fosters uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Urban Science? Share Your Experiences

Urban Science

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.